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Rams win top-of-the-table clash

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Tony O'Regan

22 April 2024, 10:45 PM

Rams win top-of-the-table clashRams' halfback Caleb Dixon (9) made a number of telling tackles.

The Upper Clutha Rugby Club’s premier rugby team (the Rams) is the only unbeaten side in the Central Otago Premier Rugby Competition after defeating Wakatipu 28-14 on Saturday (April 20) in Queenstown.

The match was a top-of-the-table clash with both sides undefeated going into the game.

“[It’s] great to come over here and win, knock them over on their home ground, it’s awesome,” Rams’ head coach Alex Dickson said.

“The boys played very well.”

The Rams set up the win with a dominant first-half performance, running in four converted tries in the first 30 minutes of the match.

Rams' coach Alex Dickson

A rare Rams error created Wakatipu’s only scoring chance in the first half which the home side converted into points to trail 7-28 at the break.

Key positional changes for Wakatipu and an impressive bench completely changed the game in the second half. 

Wakatipu held the Rams scoreless, benefiting from a wealth of possession and territory, however they were unable to break down the Rams’ defence which conceded just one try late in the match.

For the Rams, Henry Schikker impressed with ball in hand scoring two tries and setting up a third. The second-row pairing of Andrew Horne and Lachie Garrick had notable work rates as did hooker Fergus Smith.

The Rams have the bye this weekend before playing Arrowtown under lights at the Upper Clutha Rugby Club on Thursday May 2.


Tries: Henry Schikker (2), Oliver Stirling, Milan Martinovich

Conversions: Brady Kingan (4)

Other matches:

Matakanui 20-22 Arrowtown

Maniototo 29-27 Cromwell


PHOTOS: Steve McArthur